added: Mon, Nov 21st '16
Sure, there are plenty of movies about U.S. Presidents. And many depict their lives before taking the oath of office. But, usually, these films come out well after a President is gone from public view. Well, that's certainly not the case for President Barack Obama as Netflix has unveiled a new full-length trailer for "Barry," which is set to stream in a couple of weeks.
Surprisingly, "Barry" is the second film this year about the President's early years as either a community organizer in love in "Southside with You" -- or, in this case, a college student with cultural identity issues.
Set in 1981, the coming-of-age drama was a critical hit on this year's festival circuit, and it features a star-making performance by newcomer Devon Terrell, who plays a 20-year-old Barack, who, at the time, went by "Barry" and attended Columbia University as a transfer student.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Vikram Gandhi (Kumare) and written by newcomer Adam Mansbach, "Barry" follows Obama as he becomes immersed in New York's diverse inner-city culture, reconnecting with his family roots and coming to terms with his "Barack" identity.
Slated for a December 16th release, "Barry" also stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), and Ashley Judd as Obama's mother, Ann Dunham.
A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as "Barry," arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates.Barry is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later.
directed by Vikram Gandhi
starring Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane, Jenna Elfman, John Benjamin Hickey, Ashley Judd
release date December 16, 2016 (on Netflix)